The second wave of the novel COVID-19 virus has been a hot topic for a few weeks now. There will be a second wave of lockdown too in no time and because of this, the nation will have to fight their biggest enemy: boredom. As a result, kids will soon get holidays for an indefinite period of time, and children will be at home, all day. Experiencing the same boredom they will be as annoyed as adults. In addition, parenting is never easy when you yourself are also going through psychological turmoil that is induced by the lockdown anxiety. This blog will let you know about the 5 productive ways to engage kids during winter holidays 2020.
As the last bell of the school day will ring, kids will run to their houses with the blissful realization of holidays. They can finally play more and study less. But sometimes it gets a bit hard when children start misbehaving out of boredom or even just mood swings. Dealing with kids harshly is not an option and convincing kids to be calm is never easy. What we always need is a way out of both the situations, a middle path where we end up satisfying both: our kids and ourselves.
So start planning before the holidays so that you are ready with a plan beforehand. Have a light- hearted conversation with kids about the holidays. Ask them how would the kids themselves like to spend their free time in the house. In this way, the kids will complain less. Children often stop messing around when they feel engaged, acknowledged and appreciated.
Here are the 10 engaging ways in which you can keep your kids busy and eventually yourself too.
THE WINTER SCHEDULE: Monotonous school timetables tire children and they are exhausted doing the same tasks again and again. Make a weekly chart not for academic purposes or exercise drills but for creative activities like drawing, sketching, painting etc.
THE PERFECT TIME FOR ART SUPPLIES: One of the best ways of keeping the children busy is through art. This is the right time to give your kids a blank paper and every art supply and let them experiment. Children will be creating a thing of their own. This sense of accomplishment will make them feel more productive.
THE READING HOURS: Story telling is also a great way of keeping the kid’s minds running. Story reading habits develop comprehensive skills and also enhances thinking abilities.
TOYS: Toys are kid’s favorite when it comes to recreational activities. Get the toys they need and let them play as much as they want without hurting someone. Join them in their little toy plays they have directed themselves.
BRAINY BOARD AND CARD GAMES: For elder kids especially the age 8-12 often get over their toys phase. They need something more creative and productive to interact with. This is when board games come and play their part. Games such as Monopoly, Chess, UNO etc can be highly entertaining. A good time is spent thinking and evaluating winning possibilities throughout the gaming session.